The “Kingslayer” – Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH

Every photography enthusiasts has a grail lens that they will inevitable buy if the opportunity presents itself and for most Micro 4/3 shooters, it would be the legendary Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH, the absolute king of Micro 4/3 lenses.


Recently, I’ve been on the hunt for a new Micro 4/3 lens for my Olympus PEN-F and I’ve narrowed it down to a couple of candidates:

  • Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO
  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8
  • Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH

If you noticed the trend by looking at my choices above, I’ve been on the hunt for a fast prime lens between the 50mm-100mm focal length.

With this shopping list in mind, I stopped by my favorite local camera store and browsed their inventory. As I was eye-balling their new and used inventory, I was notified by the shop owner that they had a used Nocticron on sale.

Of course I excitedly picked it up.

First Impressions

As a PEN-F owner, you’ll want to shoot in “Natural” color settings with no presets because the color and the contrast that come from this lens is stunning. This lens is the definition of shooting just in JPEG because it color rendering is just that good.

Is it as good as the legendary Sony FE 55 f/1.8 Zeiss? Too soon to tell, but the Nocticron definitely has more “character” compared to the Zeiss, but the Zeiss has more contrasty “pop” if that makes sense.

I’ll follow up with an update once I get outside to shoot more. Readers will have to forgive me since I’m extremely busy right now with work and full-time MBA.

Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 + Olympus PEN-F

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